Lockdown Day 58: Five’ll Get You Fifteen / Encierro Día 58: Cinco te Darán Quince

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REMEMBER WHEN I TOLD YOU about San Geraldo’s purchase of fifteen bags of frozen blueberries at Mercadona? The fifteen [quince] bags he called, in Spanish, “diez y cinco” [ten and five], and the cashier asked if he said veinticinco (twenty-five)… and he said “yes.” If you don’t remember the story, click here, for a much better explanation.

Anyway, San Geraldo was back at Mercadona Saturday and he picked up another fifteen bags of blueberries. This time, he was confident. As he loaded the bags on the conveyor belt, he smiled and helpfully told the cashier, “Cinco [five].”

The cashier looked at the massive pile on the counter and asked, “¿Quince [fifteen]?” San Geraldo slapped himself (gently) on the head, rolled his eyes, and exclaimed, “¡Cinco! Quince, yes.” He then told his story. She laughed and laughed, and then she said she wondered what it was going to be next week. I do, too.

While San Geraldo was talking about blueberries, I was enjoying the other colors around Fuengirola and our own back garden (the last four photos and the photo at the top).

Click the images for even more color.


¿RECUERDAS CUANDO TE CONTÉ SOBRE la compra de San Geraldo de quince bolsas de arándanos congelados en Mercadona? Las quince bolsas que él llamó, “diez y cinco”, y la cajera le preguntó si dijo veinticinco … y él dijo “sí”. Si no recuerda la historia, haz clic aquí para obtener una explicación mucho mejor.

De todos modos, San Geraldo regresó a Mercadona el sábado y recogió otras quince bolsas de arándanos. Esta vez, tenía confianza. Mientras cargaba las bolsas en la cinta transportadora, sonrió y le dijo amablemente a la cajera: “Cinco”.

La cajera miró la enorme pila en el mostrador y preguntó: “¿Quince?” San Geraldo se golpeó (suavemente) en la cabeza y exclamó: “¡Cinco! Quince, sí.” Luego contó su historia. Ella se rió y se rió, y luego dijo que se preguntaba qué sería la próxima semana. Yo también.

Mientras San Geraldo estaba hablando de arándanos, yo estaba disfrutando de los otros colores alrededor de Fuengirola y nuestro propio jardín trasero (las últimas cuatro fotos y la foto en la parte superior).

Haz clic en las imágenes para obtener aún más color.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

20 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 58: Five’ll Get You Fifteen / Encierro Día 58: Cinco te Darán Quince”

  1. I see that SG has found his ‘thrill’…….blueberries are a staple in our house.
    Oh the colour in your photos!!

    1. Jim:
      SG has blueberries with his breakfast every morning. And, quite often, they’re part of our dessert after dinner.

    1. anne marie:
      SG has never made pancakes since we’ve been here. He used to make amazing pancakes when we lived in the States. Apple cinammon!

  2. That’s a lot of blueberries. They are good antioxidants….so you two should be good and cleaned out!!!!! I loves all the flowers of course.

    1. Cheapchick:
      Our freezer is surprisingly spacious. One drawer holds more than the 15 bags (or 5 … or 25). He has blueberries, peaches, and cottage cheese every morning for breakfast. Many nights, we’ll have blueberries and peaches or another fruit for dessert.

    1. Debra:
      Give him a language and he’ll mangle it. Although I think his Russian skills used to be excellent, he’s very entertaining in both English and Spanish.

  3. I remember trying to figure out who this Blueberry Hill was that he got his thrill on? And always thought it was a strange name to give your kid.

    1. Willym:
      Kind of like the One-Eyed Gott (as in, Ain’t no woman like the one-eyed Gott. Oh, no, they don’t come that fine…)

  4. Those are some dramatic lilies! And that bougainvillea is spectacular. That’s one flower I really miss living here in the UK.

    1. Steve:
      I never tired of bougainvillea. They add such spectacular color. We don’t have them on the terrace because they just took up too much space and were treacherous, but we them in abundance in San Diego. We had one outside our backdoor that had been planted in 1924. The trunk was a work of art. It was the “San Diego” variety, which is a prolific year-round bloomer (like the one pictured).

  5. Beautiful plants but a back garden ? I know you have your covered deck/patio full of beautiful plants.
    I can’t believe SG goes through all the blueberries and the other breakfast foods at the same time. Do you eat them frozen or thawed ?
    Now I am craving some blueberries !

    1. Parsnip:
      We have our own private terrace, but behind and to the side of the building there’s a large garden surrounding and extended from the pool. Sunshine all day.

    1. Wilma:
      I get happy all over again just looking at my own flower pictures. And the nearby flower kiosk opened back up today. A really nice guy. We visited this morning. He’s got stunning hibiscus, enormous and covered in buds, for only 8 euros each. I told him we’d be by tomorrow to get some. We wanted to re-start our hibiscus collection on the terrace again.

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